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He woke up in 3019
[Another story involving a male “slave” (voluntary servitude, through choice) waking up in 3019. Will he still be useful?]
I woke up groaning. Where I wanted to ask, what happened but when you’ve served as a slave for more than forty years you don’t talk out of turn. My head hurt.
“Male ninety-six. Adjplete.” The voice was neither male nor female: mechanical. “Jekdn. Psyjust.”
It was as if I was hearing every third syllable. But then my head started to clear. With it, the need to pee went away and I no longer felt hungry. I slept some more.
*
“How are you feeling?” The young man in the white coat didn’t seem threatening at all. “Try talking. What’s your name?”
“I… I don’t have one, sir.”
“Hmm. Can I give you one?”
“If you like, sir.” It was coming back to me: my Mistress at the time had been driving with me in the back. And then, suddenly, we
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Abducted From 3019
[Written for a contest; set in an England that never was, where people can “volunteer” to become slaves; a draft.]
Jamie slowed at the end of the English lane. He left the car on the drive so he’d only have to take a couple of steps through the rain. He’d have the slave park it properly later. After a hard day at the office he was looking forward to a cup of tea and a hot bath. He opened the door… and stumbled forward in confusion.  
“Unit intercepted. Subject confirmed. UK 1986. Subject, identify yourself.”
The voice was impersonal. Jamie whirled but there was no-one there. This wasn’t the townhouse vestibule: he was in a large white circular room. Voices came from specific locations but there was nothing to see.
“Subject, identify.”
“What the …? Who are you? Where am I?”
A warmer, female voice repeated, “Subject, identify. What is your name?”
“Jamie. But—”
“Please, s
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Draftsman in the construction business, having fun drawing like a kid again and trying to publish a thriller/sci-fi novel, but I guess I'm a better drawer than anything else...
Also having 'revenge by art' over youth issues and a quite wasted life, so far...
Do some hand-drawn fanart too, as a vacation for - or from ? - my mind.
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Back from four days cruising the countryside for the ideal house to move out of the big city before my man goes crazy... Transitions turn us both into wrecks, but we adapt quickly to changes. We're already making plans - litteraly - for the number one house on our shortlist.

Visited 14 houses, all very different and interesting, displaying the top three further down, with ambiance drawings. You former city guys who've moved to the country or those wanting to know what you can buy in central France for the price of a Jaguar or a BMW - or a thirf of our flat in the city - might find it interesting. Those interested in knowing if a disturbed guy fares better in cities or country could find elements in it too.

General considerations first:
-After a few days, you do breathe better in the country, litteraly.
-Was born and raised in small country towns and villages, and was a disturbed kid all along; so I had huge worries about going crazy again far from  a lot of normal, random people like in the city... Then I remembered I did my worst things when moving to the city on my own and I've changed a lot since and the silent, cool nights we've just spent reassured me about that "fear of being far from the hive". That being said, I love the invisibility you can get in big cities and feel more vulnerable in the country. Like there's a searchlight pointing right at you... Then again, I remember that from all the people I know, I'm probably the only one who has attacked others... It cooled down that insecurity attack which 'told' me to buy a big hunting knife at the local weapon store Roll Eyes (I still could join the local hunters society in case of another panick attack, shooting at "things" is a good physical therapy. :| (Blank Stare) )
-Local restaurants are quite poor, but one was owned by a quite 'fairy' guy who seem to have become a popular local attraction... Although I'm nothing like 'visibly gay', it's reassuring to see that such things are now commonplace even in 'remote' places... The guy was making a whole show, complete with bitchy miniature dog and a quite spectacular Black boyfriend. ( he was formerly dating a transgender Asian guy). Incredible how things change... A good thing average people are better than me.Nod  This confirmed my little theory about such "girly/extrovert" behavior as being an efficient unconscious defence mecanism for those of us who have no problem accepting their sexual orientation but live in mainly straight environments. Bottom line: it sends a clear message prior to any potential aggressivity, "I'm just funny and non-threatening, attacking me would be like attacking a girl"...
I still think it's a shame and fight it with all my life, because our natural boyish/manly ways shouldn't be forbidden to those of us who don't feel like a girl at all... Still, most men just laugh at girly, openly gay males and they hate us "stealth" ones, they think we've got something to hide and go sneaky... (That Matthew Sheppard atrocity left deep marks on my young mind, I remember thinking: "that's what happens when you go the kind way, maybe I was right to want to hurt them all along..." Unfortunate line of thoughts, I understand it now. (just sayin' )

Sooo... Stars seem aligned, worry-making mind at rest, extatic and over-excited boyfriend and...cool houses.

THIRD PLACE:

Panoramic View by niceLK

Practical house wit a panoramic view over a scenic valley, at the mouth of a popular river gorge. Beach not five minutes down the slope, overlook-style terrace, ideal for skywatching. Made me inquire about telescopes prices and I found out that I could afford something that would enable me to see Saturn's ring, my current obession... Surprisingly, the most expensive in our top three. ( That's relative, all those properties are really cheap, even if they all need work to suit our needs, or is it 'just' desires? :) ) Currently owned by a Dutch family, with Indonesian blood judging by the pics on the walls.
On the downsides, it's the most remote from shops and facilities, even for country's standards.

SECOND BEST:
19th Century Bourgeois by niceLK

Impressive 19th century bourgeois country house. 250 m² without counting impressive attics and barn. In a surprising good shape, no structural problems and with all the crazy decorating fixtures in exceptional state; which is very rare, believe me; that's my job. And you should see the woodworks and four-levels staircase... We can afford it but maintaining it and upgrading it to today's standards would be a huge task and my man wants to work less.
Bitter-sweet anecdote: a close friend told us this one was not for us. I sneakingly said: "too good for us?" and he awkwardly backed to "no, too big..."
Architecture geek detail: I consider 19th century architecture to be what it is: vulgar and fake and pretentious. BUT, it is awesome craftsmanship and inventive care for little luxuries of a truly decadent lifestyle. Owning a (big) slice of that would have pleased me, but I'm too scared of having to climb on that roof and I'd hate to have to deal with the "upscale" guests a B&B in such a house would bring us. I hate too clean and successfull people, they give me murderous ideas. A good thing my man's dream came true with the winning house and he listened to his friend's advice. :D (Big Grin) 

WINNER AND PROBABLE FUTURE HOME:
The Island by niceLK

"The island", litteraly Love 
A 2000 m² island with private stone bridge, old mill-turned into-riverside café-then private retreat on a scenic but quiet river (same as third place house ). You can be sure I'll start kayak as soon as we move in. Just under a stone bridge that was commisioned by Napoleon III's brother-in-law AND an Eiffel - for real!- railway viaduc. A small train rides it four times a day... The river flows between forested hills and rock formations, it's one of the cleanest in France and has a lot of historic dams, hence very low flood risk.
It's peaceful, fresh - and it was above 30° when we visited and leaves plenty of room for upgrades. Would make an exceptional B&B / renting units in the summer...
Has lots of huge trees all around, gigantic bamboos and I saw a baby snake swimming...
A few vacations houses nearby, direct neighbor is a retired cop, it has potential good and bad sides but we'll go friendly. My man's naturaly good at human contact and the few he can't handle, I usually can. Like: "Robot mode on. Talk to the lame prick and switch back to real you when he's gone" Not sayin' that neighbor could be a prick, just imagining the worse to be more releaved when it turns out OK. Worries-factory is never really closed.
General mentality observations: people are afraid of living nearby a river, you wouldn't believe what we've heard and I'm still waiting for my anxious parents' feedback. (now you know where the "worries fabric" started, they are masters at being loving and caring but nontheless sending confusing messages that are not helping... That was quite gratuitious but I've realised it very lately so I got to write it down somewhere. Is there a " aggressive-ironic bad son" smiley? )

So yeah, should be OK for us and a quite fast transition to new and better things. Hope it gives you ideas to move somewhere cool and cheap and quiet, in places with "included spirit".
  • Listening to: nothing new...
  • Reading: Ring world by Larry Niven
  • Watching: nothing new...
  • Playing: more nothing
  • Eating: summer beers are back!
  • Drinking: does smocking count?
Creations At Scale
The good thing with having a professional training and activity like mine is that it gives you the tools to design your fantasies in a "realistic" way, or at least to put them at scale and compare them with existing things...
Here are a bunch of existing buildings you should recognize ( bottom left to bottom center, those are elevations drawings found on the net and put at scale. ) and hovering over them ( never sure if "hovering" takes an "h"...) is a spaceship to be used as settings for a coming short story ( deep space, TNOs, artificial gravity and FTL-related problems...) and starting from bottom center toward the right, a bunch of fictional buildings I've used or will use in stories...

Since I go for plausible sci-fi, this image shows a kind of continuity from the world we know today; steadily drifting toward "bigger things". All the items with the dates in red are ones I designed for stories and you'll see they get bigger with time. ( I planned the first events in 2021 but moved them to 2026, meaning I should rewrite all my damn book in French, but well... )

Concerning buildings and spaceships or vehicles, none of their shapes or dimensions are "gratuitious". As explained, I got a good idea of what kind of space things require and basic structural training, and it is such a good mental exercise to imagine and refine designs in your head, while watching average tv at night or smoking pot... You let your mind play with dimensional and structural constraints and laws, wandering from cosy cabins' design to imaginary propulsion methods and the kind of engine they would require...

Faithless roughs by niceLK 

And it makes hand-drawing them and trying to describe them in words so much easier... Plus it gives you ideas for actions to happen in such spaces, actions that are 'framed' by space, like in real life...
As in these views of LYO tower and mound ( it's like a giant ant-farm for humans ), used as backgrounds in illustrations for  Brozrs by niceLK :
LYOtowr atrium by niceLK  The Mound by niceLK 
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FUN ON ATLAS
A little ship assault EVA exercise with the space comandos amid the wrecks around the north pole of the 220 km ice shell of this man-made structure, orbiting around the tiny - and now enclosed - moon Atlas, between Saturn's "A" and "F" rings.
With a quite distorted panoramic view of the giant habitable rings rotating in the equatorial plane. This is a "conservative" ring world: athmosphere is enclosed and partitioned to counter the absence of 'real' gravity from the rings - incredibly heavy but nowhere near massive enough - and the inevitable wind - check rotation speed in the fact sheet below - from differential sensibility to the centrifugal effect between the structures and the fluids (air, water ) they contain.
One G rotational gravity on all rings, provided by adaptated tangential speed, related to their diameter...

Atlas Factsheet by niceLK 
I estimated maximum occupancy of the rings around a billion people, but a 400-500 millions population seems more realistic - so to speak :) .

The blue-and-orange warship on the right is the latest version of the one featured in Lord Of The Rings 
Everything about its business end in : FAITHLESS  half FACTSHEET by niceLK 
and about the EVA suits: Eva Suits  by niceLK 

(My most "complete" work to date, with details and settings for at least two SF stories, this one took days...)
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EVA
Extra Vehicular Activities...
Since I drew the space shuttle for the previous post ( SPACE SCENE by niceLK ) on a separate paper, why not reuse it in an almost black and white?
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SPACE SCENE
Ok, I missed the symetry of the boosters and the frame, but it's all free hand :) and original designs. Except the boosters borrowed from the late space shuttle and blown out of scale to become Verniers for a huge ship... For human scale, you can spot two astronauts on the shuttle and space telescope - or laser - it's carrying and one on the central booster, at the end of the foldable arm.
I think my space scenes are getting better, and that's so relaxing to draw, doodling while watching TV ( looks like that before scan and all the editing and pasting on Photoshop:  space sceneA by niceLK )
Another one coming with this shuttle and the satellite...
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Back from four days cruising the countryside for the ideal house to move out of the big city before my man goes crazy... Transitions turn us both into wrecks, but we adapt quickly to changes. We're already making plans - litteraly - for the number one house on our shortlist.

Visited 14 houses, all very different and interesting, displaying the top three further down, with ambiance drawings. You former city guys who've moved to the country or those wanting to know what you can buy in central France for the price of a Jaguar or a BMW - or a thirf of our flat in the city - might find it interesting. Those interested in knowing if a disturbed guy fares better in cities or country could find elements in it too.

General considerations first:
-After a few days, you do breathe better in the country, litteraly.
-Was born and raised in small country towns and villages, and was a disturbed kid all along; so I had huge worries about going crazy again far from  a lot of normal, random people like in the city... Then I remembered I did my worst things when moving to the city on my own and I've changed a lot since and the silent, cool nights we've just spent reassured me about that "fear of being far from the hive". That being said, I love the invisibility you can get in big cities and feel more vulnerable in the country. Like there's a searchlight pointing right at you... Then again, I remember that from all the people I know, I'm probably the only one who has attacked others... It cooled down that insecurity attack which 'told' me to buy a big hunting knife at the local weapon store Roll Eyes (I still could join the local hunters society in case of another panick attack, shooting at "things" is a good physical therapy. :| (Blank Stare) )
-Local restaurants are quite poor, but one was owned by a quite 'fairy' guy who seem to have become a popular local attraction... Although I'm nothing like 'visibly gay', it's reassuring to see that such things are now commonplace even in 'remote' places... The guy was making a whole show, complete with bitchy miniature dog and a quite spectacular Black boyfriend. ( he was formerly dating a transgender Asian guy). Incredible how things change... A good thing average people are better than me.Nod  This confirmed my little theory about such "girly/extrovert" behavior as being an efficient unconscious defence mecanism for those of us who have no problem accepting their sexual orientation but live in mainly straight environments. Bottom line: it sends a clear message prior to any potential aggressivity, "I'm just funny and non-threatening, attacking me would be like attacking a girl"...
I still think it's a shame and fight it with all my life, because our natural boyish/manly ways shouldn't be forbidden to those of us who don't feel like a girl at all... Still, most men just laugh at girly, openly gay males and they hate us "stealth" ones, they think we've got something to hide and go sneaky... (That Matthew Sheppard atrocity left deep marks on my young mind, I remember thinking: "that's what happens when you go the kind way, maybe I was right to want to hurt them all along..." Unfortunate line of thoughts, I understand it now. (just sayin' )

Sooo... Stars seem aligned, worry-making mind at rest, extatic and over-excited boyfriend and...cool houses.

THIRD PLACE:

Panoramic View by niceLK

Practical house wit a panoramic view over a scenic valley, at the mouth of a popular river gorge. Beach not five minutes down the slope, overlook-style terrace, ideal for skywatching. Made me inquire about telescopes prices and I found out that I could afford something that would enable me to see Saturn's ring, my current obession... Surprisingly, the most expensive in our top three. ( That's relative, all those properties are really cheap, even if they all need work to suit our needs, or is it 'just' desires? :) ) Currently owned by a Dutch family, with Indonesian blood judging by the pics on the walls.
On the downsides, it's the most remote from shops and facilities, even for country's standards.

SECOND BEST:
19th Century Bourgeois by niceLK

Impressive 19th century bourgeois country house. 250 m² without counting impressive attics and barn. In a surprising good shape, no structural problems and with all the crazy decorating fixtures in exceptional state; which is very rare, believe me; that's my job. And you should see the woodworks and four-levels staircase... We can afford it but maintaining it and upgrading it to today's standards would be a huge task and my man wants to work less.
Bitter-sweet anecdote: a close friend told us this one was not for us. I sneakingly said: "too good for us?" and he awkwardly backed to "no, too big..."
Architecture geek detail: I consider 19th century architecture to be what it is: vulgar and fake and pretentious. BUT, it is awesome craftsmanship and inventive care for little luxuries of a truly decadent lifestyle. Owning a (big) slice of that would have pleased me, but I'm too scared of having to climb on that roof and I'd hate to have to deal with the "upscale" guests a B&B in such a house would bring us. I hate too clean and successfull people, they give me murderous ideas. A good thing my man's dream came true with the winning house and he listened to his friend's advice. :D (Big Grin) 

WINNER AND PROBABLE FUTURE HOME:
The Island by niceLK

"The island", litteraly Love 
A 2000 m² island with private stone bridge, old mill-turned into-riverside café-then private retreat on a scenic but quiet river (same as third place house ). You can be sure I'll start kayak as soon as we move in. Just under a stone bridge that was commisioned by Napoleon III's brother-in-law AND an Eiffel - for real!- railway viaduc. A small train rides it four times a day... The river flows between forested hills and rock formations, it's one of the cleanest in France and has a lot of historic dams, hence very low flood risk.
It's peaceful, fresh - and it was above 30° when we visited and leaves plenty of room for upgrades. Would make an exceptional B&B / renting units in the summer...
Has lots of huge trees all around, gigantic bamboos and I saw a baby snake swimming...
A few vacations houses nearby, direct neighbor is a retired cop, it has potential good and bad sides but we'll go friendly. My man's naturaly good at human contact and the few he can't handle, I usually can. Like: "Robot mode on. Talk to the lame prick and switch back to real you when he's gone" Not sayin' that neighbor could be a prick, just imagining the worse to be more releaved when it turns out OK. Worries-factory is never really closed.
General mentality observations: people are afraid of living nearby a river, you wouldn't believe what we've heard and I'm still waiting for my anxious parents' feedback. (now you know where the "worries fabric" started, they are masters at being loving and caring but nontheless sending confusing messages that are not helping... That was quite gratuitious but I've realised it very lately so I got to write it down somewhere. Is there a " aggressive-ironic bad son" smiley? )

So yeah, should be OK for us and a quite fast transition to new and better things. Hope it gives you ideas to move somewhere cool and cheap and quiet, in places with "included spirit".
  • Listening to: nothing new...
  • Reading: Ring world by Larry Niven
  • Watching: nothing new...
  • Playing: more nothing
  • Eating: summer beers are back!
  • Drinking: does smocking count?

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xtcgm Featured By Owner May 19, 2019
Thank you for favouring "The Wreck".
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niceLK Featured By Owner May 16, 2019
De nada! Drawing cool guns is a misunderstood art Wink/Razz  
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Thank you for :+fav: on this slave’s Notre Dam poem :D and your comment.
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Thanks for the fave:)
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You're welcome! It's a simple but very evocative piece, it has the density of cosmos ;) (Wink) 
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barefootliam Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
Am i the only one who writes here? No, xtcgm does too. Always did like XTC :D

Thank you for the :+fav:s and comments, you always do such interesting comments.
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niceLK Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
I'm just wordy :) And I can think of a thing or two making you different from XTC. You both got good taste, tho .:D (Big Grin) 
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